Brimbank,
25
March
2019
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06:01
Australia/Melbourne

Getting to know the Connected Communities team

Summary

Brimbank’s Connected Communities team supports our community to build skills, develop future leaders and get involved in community life.

Supporting the community to build skills

Strong communities need great leaders. Our Connected Communities team runs programs to help build community leadership skills and knowledge.

The Brimbank Community Leadership Program runs every year in Brimbank and supports participants to work together to improve their leadership skills. The program is offered to people aged over 18 who live, work or study in Brimbank.

The Brimbank Community Governance Training Series supports community and not-for-profit groups to recognise and build on their strengths and promote good community governance.

Since 2010, 570 people have graduated from these programs – including several who have gone on to become Councillors! Graduates of these programs continue to meet up and build connections through Council’s Leadership Alumni Group.

The Dynamic Young Citizens of Brimbank program is another great initiative delivered by the team. The program supports future leaders by working with local schools to connect children to their local area. The students work with Council to directly address their concerns for their local community, and add value to their neighbourhoods.

The team also works with diverse communities, including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Building stronger community connections

The Connected Communities team looks after Council’s annual Community Grants program, which provides one-off financial assistance to support community organisations and groups that deliver activities, programs and events to help strengthen and benefit our wonderful community.

Last year, more than 140 local groups shared in $560,000 worth of Brimbank Community Grants for a diverse range of projects including supporting youth, seniors, the arts, sports, festivals and more.

The team also administers Council’s annual Neighbour Day Grants – which help local communities get to know their neighbours by providing small grants of $250 each to help pay for Neighbour Day celebrations in March each year.

Community engagement

Brimbank Council values real community engagement – this means giving people a chance to provide feedback and, where relevant, have a say in the planning stages of important projects.

Council provides a range of options for people to have a say on Council plans and strategies, including face-to-face and online.

The Connected Communities team creates opportunities for residents to provide input at the planning stages of important documents such as the Council Plan, Council’s Annual Budget, Brimbank Community Vision 2040 and the Resilient Framework.

In late 2018 and early 2019 almost 500 people shared their ideas with us about what Council’s budget priorities should be for 2019/2020. The Connected Communities team ran workshops, face-to-face meetings and drop-in sessions across Brimbank to support as many people as possible to have their say.